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Small Press Points


For ten years

Split/Lip Press (splitlippr­ess.com) has been dedicated to publishing “boundary-breaking prose” in chapbook- and full-length works of fiction, creative nonfiction, and hybrid texts. Founded in 2014 as an offshoot of Split Lip Magazine, the press began with “a punk ethos” and a mission to create a forum for “gutsy, edgy work that needed to be in the world,” says Kristine Langley Mahler, Split/Lip’s director and publisher. Though the press and magazine are no longer affiliated, the punk aesthetic is still central to Split/Lip, which publishes four titles per year, all discovered through open submission­s. The press is currently reading chapbook submission­s in fiction, nonfiction, and hybrid texts through June 1 with a $10 reading fee. The charge helps pay honoraria or stipends to everyone on the Split/Lip team, including readers, who receive a portion of submission fees each reading period, says Mahler. Split/Lip’s mission statement articulate­s the press’s preference for writing “that questions the concept of truth and work that reinterpre­ts what we think we know.” Recent titles include Sean Enfield’s Holy American Burnout!, an essay collection published in December about the experience of being a Black educator and student during the Trump era, and Jillian DanbackMcG­han’s Midwatch, a story collection that blends “military literature and feminist horror,” published in February. In addition to pushing the boundaries of genre, form, and common knowledge, Split/Lip also literally traverses state and national borders: Mahler is based in Omaha, Nebraska, but the editorial team of nearly forty people hail from across the U.S., Canada, India, and South Africa.

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